Loud Mouth Pulls a Surprise in Cary Grant Under Cedillo

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Thomsen Racing’s Loud Mouth tracked the leaders early, then fired his best shot in the lane under leading rider Abel Cedillo and came away with a three-quarter length score in the seventh running of the Cary Grant Stakes Sunday at Del Mar.

The 4-year-old colt by Boisterous rang up his first stakes score in the Cal-bred offering, besting six rivals in 1:22.34 for the seven panels.

It was the second win on the day for Cedillo, who now has 18 firsts in 11 days of racing. Loud Mouth is trained by Steve Knapp.

Finishing second was Jay Em Ess Stable’s Take the One O One, while Reddam Racing’s Rookie Mistake was three and a half lengths farther back. The 11-10 favorite, West Point Thoroughbreds, Barker, Sandbrook, et al’s Galilean finished fourth.

Loud Mouth paid $28.00, $10.60 and $7.00 for his tally. Take the One O One returned $4.80 and $3.60, while Rookie Mistake paid $6.80.

The victory gave Cedillo another notch on his belt toward winning his second straight Bing Crosby Season title at Del Mar. He is currently eight wins ahead of his nearest rival with four days left in the meet. Last year the 31-year-old from Guatemala won honors with 13 victories.

The winning owner, Ron Thomsen, lives in Valley Center, which is about 32 miles northeast of Del Mar.

Racing will resume at Del Mar on Thanksgiving Thursday with an early first post at 11 a.m. It will be the start of a dynamic final four days of the season with seven graded turf stakes up for grabs, including Grade I offerings on Saturday (Hollywood Derby) and Sunday (Matriarch Stakes).

ABEL CEDILLO (Loud Mouth, winner) – “I could tell they were going fast up front, but I had my eye on the favorite (Galilean). I was tracking him. When he made his move (on the turn), I moved with him. Then I went by him in the straight and went after the leader (Take the One O One). My horse had it and we got him.”

STEVE KNAPP (Loud Mouth, winner) – “I kept experimenting with him to find out what and how far he wanted to run. He got some real questionable rides, several of them, but I knew this horse could run. We went the seven today and worked out and he ran huge. This horse has a big heart and when he gets to the lead or gets close, he runs. And he’s got a really nice way of moving. He’s a runner and this is a hell of a win.”

FRACTIONS:  :22.13  :44.94  1:09.56  1:22.34

The stakes win was the second of the meet for rider Cedillo, but his first in the Cary Grant. He now has nine stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win was the first of the meet for trainer Knapp and his first in the Cary Grant. He now has four stakes wins at Del Mar.

The winning owner races under Thomsen Racing. He’s Ron Thomson from Valley Center, CA, which is about 32 miles northeast of Del Mar.


84th Winter-Spring Meet Highlighted by $15-million Stakes Schedule

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2020) – Santa Anita Park will raise the daily overnight purse distribution 10% for the 2020-21 season which begins on Saturday, Dec. 26.  The increase will bring the average daily purse money available to horsemen to over $533,000, totaling more than $43-million for the season which runs through June 20, 2021.

Santa Anita’s 84th season will be highlighted by a diverse stakes schedule offering over $15-million.  The prestigious Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, which has produced 19 winners of the Kentucky Derby, including recent Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Authentic, will be run on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

“Building Santa Anita’s aggressive overnight purse schedule is a reflection of the confidence that we have in California racing even in the midst of a pandemic,” said Craig Fravel, CEO of 1/ST Racing.  “Nothing has been easy about this past year, so we are thankful to the horsemen who have continued to support our program on a daily basis.  We’ve missed the fans who have been absent from our track since March 12th, but we are grateful to be able to bring them the consistent top-quality racing that has been synonymous with Santa Anita since 1934.”

The racing program at Santa Anita has continued to evolve over the decades, and another innovation will be on display this winter.  The first major remodel of the Santa Anita turf course since the 1950s, a new turf chute will allow races up to 6 ½ furlongs to be contested on the flat oval.  Installed and covered with sod in September, the course will be ready for use on Opening Day and greatly increases the turf distance options for horsemen.

Purses at Santa Anita, like all California racetracks, are derived from a percentage of the handle wagered on the track’s races, as opposed to other jurisdictions where purses are supplemented with casino revenue and other forms of wagering.

The complete Santa Anita stakes schedule is as follows, pending approval by the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

2020 – 2021  Winter Spring Stakes Schedule
Run Date Race Age Distance 2020-21 Purse
Sat. Dec 26 Malibu Stakes  (Gr I) 3YO 7 F $300,000
Sat. Dec 26 La Brea Stakes  (Gr I) F,3YO 7 F $300,000
Sat. Dec 26 San Antonio Stakes  (Gr II) 3 &up 1 1/16 M $200,000
Sat. Dec 26 Mathis Brothers Mile  (Gr II) 3YO 1 M(T) $200,000
Sat. Dec 26 Lady of Shamrock Stakes F,3YO 1 M(T) $75,000
Sat. Dec 26 American Oaks  (Gr I) F,3YO 1 1/4 M (T) $300,000
Sun. Dec 27 Eddie Logan Stakes 2YO 1 M(T) $75,000
Sun. Dec 27 Robert J.  Frankel Stakes  (Gr III) F/M, 3&up 1 1/8 M (T) $100,000
Thurs. Dec 31 Blue Norther Stakes F,2YO 1 M(T) $75,000
Fri. Jan 1 Joe Hernandez Stakes (II) 4&up 6 1/2 F (T) $200,000
Sat. Jan 2 San Gabriel Stakes (Gr II) 4&up 1 1/8 M (T) $200,000
Sat. Jan 2 Sham Stakes  (Gr III) 3YO 1 M $100,000
Sun. Jan 3 Santa Ynez Stakes  (Gr II) F,3YO 7 F $200,000
Sat. Jan 9 La Canada Stakes  (Gr II) F/M,4&up 1 1/16 M $200,000
Sat. Jan 9 Las Cienegas Stakes  (Gr III) F/M,4&up 6 F (T) $100,000
Sun. Jan 10 Kalookan Queen Stakes F/M, 4&up 6 1/2 F $75,000
Sat. Jan 16 Unusual Heat Turf Classic 4&up (CA) 1 1/8 M (T) $200,000
Sat. Jan 16 Sunshine Millions F/M Turf Sprint F/M, 4 & up  (CA) 6 F (T) $150,000
Sat. Jan 16 California Cup Sprint 4&up (CA) 6 F $150,000
Sat. Jan 16 California Cup Derby 3 YO (CA) 1 1/16 M $200,000
Sat. Jan 16 California Cup Oaks F, 3YO  (CA) 1 M(T) $200,000
Sun. Jan 17 Astra Stakes (Gr III) F/M,4&up 1 1/2 M (T) $100,000
Mon. Jan 18 Megahertz Stakes  (Gr III) F/M,4&up 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. Jan 23 Palos Verdes Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 6 F $200,000
Sun. Jan 24 Clockers’ Corner Stakes 4&up 6 F (T) $70,000
Sat. Jan 30 San Pasqual Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 1 1/8 M $200,000
Sat. Jan 30 San Marcos Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 1 1/4 (T) $200,000
Sat. Jan 30 Robert B. Lewis Stakes  (Gr III) 3YO 1 1/16 M $100,000
Sun. Jan 31 Baffle Stakes 3YO 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sat. Feb 6 Las Virgenes Stakes  (Gr II) F,3YO 1 M $200,000
Sat. Feb 6 Thunder Road Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. Feb 6 San Vicente Stakes  (Gr II) 3YO 7 F $200,000
Sat. Feb 13 Santa Monica Stakes  (Gr II) F/M, 4 & up 7 F $200,000
Sun. Feb 14 Sweet Life Stakes (GIII) F,3YO 6 F (T) $100,000
Mon. Feb 15 Wishing Well F/M,4&up 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sat. Feb 20 Buena Vista Stakes  (Gr II) F/M,4&up 1 M(T) $200,000
Sun. Feb 21 Spring Fever Stakes F/M, 4 & up (CA) 6 F $100,000
Sat. Feb 27 Pasadena Stakes (Listed) 3YO 1 M(T) $100,000
Sun. Feb 28 Tiznow Stakes 4&up (CA) 1 M $100,000
Sat. Mar 6 Santa Anita Handicap  (Gr I) 4&up 1 1/4 M $400,000
Sat. Mar 6 San Carlos  (Gr II) 4&up 7F $200,000
Sat. Mar 6 San Felipe Stakes  (Gr II) 3YO 1 1/16 M $300,000
Sat. Mar 6 Frank E. Kilroe Mile  (Gr I) 4&up 1 M(T) $400,000
Sat. Mar 6 China Doll Stakes F,3YO 1 M(T) $75,000
Sun. Mar 7 Santa Ysabel Stakes  (G III) F,3YO 1 1/16 M $100,000
Sat. Mar 13 Beholder Mile  (Gr I) F/M,4&up 1 M $300,000
Sat. Mar 13 San Simeon Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 6 F (T) $100,000
Sun. Mar 14 Irish O’Brien Stakes F/M, 4&up 6 F (T) $100,000
Sat. Mar 20 San Luis Rey Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 1 1/2 M (T) $100,000
Sun. Mar 21 Sensational Star Stakes 4&up (CA) 6 1/2  F (T) $100,000
Sat. Mar 27 Santa Ana Stakes  (Gr III) F/M4&up 1 1/4 M (T) $100,000
Sun. Mar 28 Santana Mile 4&up 1 M $75,000
Sat. Apr 3 Santa Anita Derby  (Gr I) 3YO 1 1/8 M $750,000
Sat. Apr 3 Santa Anita Oaks  (Gr II) F,  3YO 1 1/16 M $400,000
Sat. Apr 3 Echo Eddie Stakes 3 YO (CA) 6 1/2 F $150,000
Sat. Apr 3 Evening Jewel F, 3 YO (CA) 6 1/2 F $150,000
Sat. Apr 3 Royal Heroine Stakes (Gr II) F/M4&up 1 M(T) $200,000
Sat. Apr 3 Providencia Stakes (Gr III) F,3YO 1 1/8 M (T) $100,000
Sun. Apr 4 Las Flores Stakes  (Gr III) F/M,4&up 6 F $100,000
Sat. Apr 10 Mizdirection Stakes Listed) F/M 4&up 6 F (T) $75,000
Sat. Apr 17 Californian Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 1 1/8 M $200,000
Sun. Apr 18 Tokyo City Cup  (Gr III) 4&up 11/2 M $100,000
Sun. Apr 18 Kona Gold Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 6 1/2 F $100,000
Sat. Apr 24 Santa Margarita Stakes  (Gr II) F/M, 4&up 1 1/8 M $200,000
Sat. Apr 24 Crystal Water Stakes 3 &up  (CA) 1 M(T) $100,000
Sun. Apr 25 Singletary Stakes 3YO 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. May 1 Senorita Stakes  (Gr III) F,3YO 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. May 1 Angel’s Flight Stakes F,3YO 7 F $75,000
Sat. May 8 Santa Barbara Stakes  (Gr III) F/M, 3 &up 1 1/2 M (T) $100,000
Sun. May 9 Fran’s Valentine Stakes F/M, 3 & up (CA) 1 M(T) $100,000
Sat. May 15 Lazaro Barrera Stakes  (Gr III) 3YO 7 F $100,000
Sun. May 16 Desert Stormer Stakes  (Gr III) F/M, 3 &up 6 F $100,000
Sat. May 22 Santa Maria Stakes  (Gr II) F/M,3&up 1 1/16 M $200,000
Sat. May 22 Honeymoon Stakes  (Gr III) F3YO 1 1/8 M (T) $100,000
Sun. May 23 Cinema Stakes 3YO 1 1/8 M (T) $100,000
Sat. May 29 Triple Bend Stakes  (Gr II) 4&up 7 F $200,000
Sat. May 29 Charles Whittingham Stakes  (Gr II) 3&up 1 1/4 M (T) $200,000
Sat. May 29 Daytona Stakes  (Gr III) 4&up 6 1/2 F (T) $100,000
Sun. May 30 Summertime Oaks  (Gr II) F,3YO 1 1/16 M $200,000
Mon. May 31 The Hollywood Gold Cup at  Santa Anita  (Gr I) 3&up 1 1/4 M $300,000
Mon. May 31 Shoemaker Mile  (Gr I) 3&up 1 M(T) $300,000
Mon. May 31 Gamely Stakes  (Gr I) F/M, 3 &up 1 1/8 M (T) $300,000
Sat June 5 Monrovia Stakes  (Gr II) F/M, 3 &up 6 1/2 F (T) $200,000
SUN. Jun 6 Desert Code Stakes 3YO 6 F (T) $75,000
Sat. Jun 12 Thor’s Echo Stakes 3 &up  (CA) 6 F $100,000
Sun. Jun 13 Affirmed Stakes  (Gr III) 3YO 1 1/16 M $100,000
Sun. Jun 13 Possibly Perfect Stakes (Listed) F/M, 3 &up 1 1/4 M(T) $75,000
Sat. Jun 19 Snow Chief Stakes 3 YO (CA) 1 1/8 M (T) $150,000
Sat. Jun 19 Melair Stakes F, 3 YO (CA) 1 1/16 M $150,000
Sat. Jun 19 San Juan Capistrano Stakes  (Gr III) 3&up abt 1 3/4 M(T) $100,000
Sat. Jun 19 Siren Lure Stakes 3&up 6 1/2 F (T) $75,000
Sun. Jun 20 Wilshire Stakes  (Gr. III) F/M, 3 &up 1 M(T) $100,000
Sun. Jun 20 American (Gr III) 3&up 1 M(T) $100,000
Sun Jun 20 Fasig-Tipton Futurity 2YO 5  F $75,000
Sun Jun 20 Fasig-Tipton Debutante F 2YO 5 F $75,000

One Bad Boy Sets Pace En Route To Three Quarter Length Win In $70,000 Lure Stakes


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2020)–In his second start of the year, 4-year-old One Bad Boy was too much on the lead today at Santa Anita, as he set a fast pace and held his competitors at bay late to take Sunday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes under Flavien Prat by three quarters of a length.  An Ontario-Canadian-bred ridgling by Twirling Candy, out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Cumulonimble, One Bad Boy is trained by Richard Baltas and got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.27.

Breaking alertly from his number two post position, One Bad Boy was pressed throughout through splits of 22.68, 45.53, 1:09.28 and 1:21.29 and he opened up a one length advantage straightening for home and held Majestic Eagle safe late for an impressive win.

“He was going along effortlessly, but we got no breaks,” said Prat, who had ridden One Bad Boy to victory in the Queens Plate at Woodbine three starts back on June 29, 2019 and who had last ridden him when third as the even money favorite in Fort Erie’s Prince of Wales Stakes two races back on July 23, 2019.  “He’s getting really good again, as you can see.  He fought those horses off and showed a lot of heart.  We’ve always thought he was a good horse.”

Most recently fourth as the 8-5 favorite in a second condition allowance going a mile and one sixteenth over the Del Mar turf Aug. 29, One Bad Boy was off as the 3-5 favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds and up today and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.

“He’s a free running horse who has a lot of talent,” said Baltas.  “He had to overcome a physical issue, so he’s had a long time off and he was working really well coming into this race.  Flavien worked him the last couple of times and he was kind of in love with him, so I felt confident today the horse would run well…

“The owners are very patient, Steve Young (Sayjay Racing, LLC) is a first class guy and he just says, ‘Whenever he’s ready Richie, bring him back.’”

Owned by Sayjay Racing, Greg Hall and Brooke Hubbard, One Bad Boy, who broke his maiden at one mile over the Santa Anita turf in his third career start, now has three wins from 8 starts and with the winner’s share of $42,900, increased his earnings to $599,632.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Majestic Eagle rallied well for second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gregorian Chant, who was attentive to the pace throughout.  Off at 5-1, Majestic Eagle paid $4.20 and $2.60.

Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Gregorian Chant was well positioned at the top of the lane, but couldn’t go with the winner.  Off at 6-1, Gregorian Chant paid $2.40 to win.

Santa Anita’s 2020 Autumn Meet Media Poll Headed By Grade I Awesome Again Winner Improbable



ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2020)–Bob Baffert’s Improbable, winner of the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 26, heads Santa Anita’s 2020 Autumn Meet Media Poll, which recognizes equine and human accomplishments in a variety of categories throughout the 16-day meeting which began on Sept. 25 and concluded today.

2020 Santa Anita Autumn Media Poll


Horse of Meet: Improbable


Sprinter: C. Z. Rocket


Older Horse: Improbable


Older Filly/Mare: Mucho Unusual


Claimer: Psycho Dar


Grass Horse: United


Grass Filly/Mare: Mucho Unusual


3-Year-Old: Smooth Like Strait


3-Year-Old Filly: Harvest Moon


Trainer: Peter Miller/Bob Baffert (each had 11 wins)


Jockey: Flavien Prat (27 wins)


Apprentice: Alexis Centeno (7 wins)


Race: Santa Anita Sprint Championship


Owner: Reddam Racing, LLC


Achievement: Craig Lewis, 1,000 Career Wins

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, October 25
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $12,500 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Lure S. $70,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Goldikova S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight

Diminutive Biddy Duke All Heart In Taking Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes



ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2020)–Easily one of the smallest horses on the grounds, trainer Doug O’Neill’s speedy Biddy Duke showed tremendous gameness late in taking Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden for the first time by Juan Hernandez, the 3-year-old daughter of Bayern got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.03 while prevailing by a head over Jo Jo Air.

Breaking like a shot from her number two post position, Biddy Duke out-footed Jo Jo Air to the far turn and had a one length advantage turning for home.  With a host of pursuers, led by “Jo Jo” set to pounce a furlong out, Biddy Duke, who may not stand quite 14 hands tall, simply would not be denied while hand-ridden late.

“She’s really fast and she’s one of the smallest horses I’ve ever ridden,” said Hernandez, who picked up his second win on the day.  “I knew we were going fast, but she was comfortable, so I let her go.  When she saw that other filly come to us, she really fought back.  She’s small but she’s got a big heart.”

Claimed for $40,000 six starts back on May 23 and most recently third over the course in the Unzip Me Stakes Sept. 26, Biddy Duke was off at 9-1 in a field of six fillies and mares and paid $20.20, $8.00 and $4.80.

“This filly has been so honest ever since we got her,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to O’Neill.  “The idea was just to not go to the lead, just go close to the lead…Juan said she never quit, when he asked her, she just came back and that’s all you see.

“We just pray and do the best we can.”

Owned by Joe Besecker, Biddy Duke, who is out of the Ghostzapper mare Ghostslayer, notched her first-ever stakes win and improved her overall mark to 20-7-5-3.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $280,332.

Breaking from the rail, Jo Jo Air ran a huge race in defeat, prevailing by one length over longshot An Eddie Surprise for second money.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, Jo Jo Air was the second choice at 5-2 and paid $4.00 and $3.00.

With Mario Gutierrez up, An Eddie Surprise, one of three O’Neill entrants, was off at 9-1 and paid $4.00 to show while out-finishing Aqua Seaform Shame by a neck.

Ridden by Abel Cedillo, heavily favored Magic At Midnight, who was off at 4-5, saved ground while a close fifth at the top of the lane, but never threatened from there while finishing next to last.

Fractions on the race were 21.80, 44.60 and 56.09.

Potential Rainbow Jackpot Pool Of $1 Million Up For Grabs Sunday




ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2020)–With the possibility of a $1 million 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool at stake, Santa Anita’s 16-day Autumn Meet will draw to a close with an 11-race program on Sunday and in addition to the Rainbow Six, there will be mandatory payouts in all exotic wagers.


Special early first post time on Sunday has been set at 12:30 p.m.


There is a carryover into Sunday’s Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot of $149,743. The Rainbow Six will be comprised of races six through 11.  Approximate post time for Sunday’s sixth is at 3 p.m. PT.


The Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes, for fillies and mares three and up at one mile on turf, has been carded as Sunday’s ninth race with a competitive group of seven distaffers, headed by Simon Callaghan’s Maxim Rate and the Phil D’Amato-conditioned Raymundos Secret, are set to compete.


Santa Anita’s races and its entire simulcast production are offered live and free of charge at santaanita.com.  Fans are encouraged to tune in early on Sunday for the track’s pre-race handicapping seminar, featuring Track Announcer Frank Mirahmadi and host Tom Quigley as they dissect the entire 11-race card beginning at 11:20 a.m.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity


Saturday, October 24
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $32,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $59,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $57,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $25,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Senator Ken Maddy S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $55,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Claiming – $25,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight



ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2020)–Unbeaten in four starts by a combined 25 ½ lengths, trainer Mark Glatt’s Magic At Midnight will try stakes competition for the first time as she squares off with Wesley Ward’s multiple stakes winning Jo Jo Air in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes which has attracted a field of seven fillies and mares three and up at 5 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf.

Named for the late Central Valley-based California State Senator, the Maddy Stakes, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, was run as the Autumn Days Handicap prior to 1999.


Owner:  Michael A. and Michael L. Moran & Joseph Moran

Trainer:  Mark Glatt

Claimed for $30,000 out of a first-out 13 length romp on July 14 at Los Alamitos, this 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute has been nothing short of tremendous in three subsequent starts for Glatt, including a 2 ¾ length score in her only try on grass two starts back in a five furlong turf allowance at Del Mar Aug. 14.  Brilliantly fast, Magic At Midnight has never been headed in all four of her starts and has been favored in her last three, the most recent in which she overcame a stumble at the break en route to a one length score in a 6 ½ furlong allowance on Sept. 7.  Out of the stakes placed Dixie Union mare Magical Blend, Magic At Midnight’s value would be greatly enhanced should she win the Grade III Maddy.


Owner:  Andrew Farm & Mrs. Charlie O’Connor

Trainer:  Wesley Ward

A two-time ungraded stakes winner, this 4-year-old filly by Scat Daddy is well traveled, evidenced by the fact her appearance in the Maddy will mark the ninth different track she’s competed at in what will be her 13th start–all of them turf sprints.  Most recently well beaten as the 4-5 favorite over a yielding course in a five furlong stakes at Pimlico Oct. 1, Jo Jo Air rallied to take Del Mar’s five furlong Daiseycutter by a neck two starts back on July 24 under Flavien Prat, with whom she’ll be reunited on Saturday.  A $325,000 Keeneland September Yearling, Jo Jo Air, who is out of the Grand Slam mare Tessie Flip, will be competing in her first ever graded stakes.  With an overall mark of 12-4-1-0, she has earnings of $201,474.


Owner:  Reddam Racing, LLC

Trainer:  Doug O’Neill

The leading money earner in the field, this Reddam Racing homebred 5-year-old mare by Square Eddie has been idle since rallying to win the 5 ½ furlong turf Wishing Well Stakes here on Feb. 17 and looms dangerous over a course she adores.  California-bred, she’s out of the High Demand mare Dani Reese and all five of her career wins have come over the Santa Anita lawn.  With an overall mark of 26-5-9-4, An Eddie Surprise will be handled by regular rider Mario Gutierrez as she tries to pad her earnings of $341,952.


Race 8 of 10  Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT

  1. Jo Jo Air–Flavien Prat–124
  2. Biddy Duke–Juan Hernandez–118
  3. An Eddie Surprise–Mario Gutierrez–124
  4. Lakerball–Mike Smith–124
  5. Magic At Midnight–Abel Cedillo–122
  6. Aqua Seaform Shame–Umberto Rispoli–118
  7. Zee Drop–Ricky Gonzalez–122

Stable Notes By Ed Golden



Michael McCarthy’s humility came to the fore after he sent out City of Light to a dominating 5 ¾-length victory in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Nov. 28, 2019.

“This horse is a gift,” the then 48-year-old trainer said. “Amazing.”

Modesty aside, McCarthy is a gift to racing. He added to his growing list of laurels last Sunday when he saddled Smooth Like Strait to an impressive 1 1/2-length triumph in Santa Anita’s Grade II Twilight Derby, a race the trainer had been pointing to from the git-go.

Next up, if all goes well, is the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar on Nov. 28.

But first things first.

McCarthy is preparing Ce Ce, Speech, Rushie and Rombauer for starts in Breeders’ Cup races at Keeneland on Nov. 6 and 7. Already surprising Grade I winners, Ce Ce and Speech will be cross-entered in both the Distaff at 1 1/8 miles and the Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs, with Rushie bound for the Dirt Mile and Rombauer for the Juvenile.

Three worked five furlongs Friday morning, Ce Ce and Rushie going in company receiving an identical 59.20 clocking, while Speech breezed with Tembo in the respective times of 1:00.80 and 1:01.

“I’m very pleased with all of their works,” said McCarthy, including Rombauer, who went five furlongs Thursday in 1:03.60. “They’ll have one more breeze here and most likely ship for Kentucky on Nov. 1.”

McCarthy spent some 12 years under his  guru Todd Pletcher before going on his own with a one-horse stable six years ago.

That one horse was provided by Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and McCarthy has steadily and readily moved forward since. In 2014 he won just over $200,000 in purses, doubled that in 2015, doubled it again in 2016 and yet again in 2017.

In 2018, with primary backing from the Eclipse group and Tulsa, Oklahoma businessman Warren K. Williams Jr. and his wife, Suzanne, McCarthy achieved a personal apex, thanks to City of Light.

The son of Quality Road earned $4 million for his Pegasus romp and put McCarthy on racing’s global map. Not too shabby for kid who was born in Youngstown, Ohio, moved with his family to Arcadia, site of Santa Anita, when he was five, graduated from Arcadia High School, then hit the track’s backstretch, working his way up with the late Doug Peterson and trainer Ben Cecil.

But McCarthy reaped most of his knowledge as a neophyte with Pletcher. “He taught me dedication; total dedication,” McCarthy said. “He leads by example. He’s there from sunrise to sundown. He’s special.”

Said Pletcher: “Michael was a top-class assistant and I’m not surprised that he’s succeeding now that he has his own stable.”

Or in a word, “amazing.”


Aqua Seaform Shane returns to her favorite venue Saturday–a turf sprint–when the Florida-bred daughter of Kantharos runs in the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy States for fillies and mares, three and older, at 5 ½ furlongs on the grass.

Her lone disappointing effort in six career starts came in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks when she faded to last of 10 in the 1 1/8-mile turf event.

“I thought she ran well last time,” said Richard Baltas, who trains the three-year-old bay for owner Calvin Nguyen. Baltas was alluding to a rallying second behind turf sprint monster Bulletproof One in the restricted Unzip Me Stakes on Sept. 26.

“She was a little far back but she was running at the end,” Baltas added. Aqua Seaform Shame broke her maiden in a turf sprint at Del Mar in November of 2019, then returned after an eight-month absence to win an overnight turf sprint at the seaside oval this past July.

She has a 2-1-1 record from six starts.

The Maddy, race eight of 10 with a 1 p.m. first post time: Jo Jo Air, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Biddy Duke, Juan Hernandez, 6-1; An Eddie Surprise, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; $2,000 supplemental nominee Lakerball, Mike Smith, 15-1; Magic At Midnight, Abel Cedillo, 9-5; Aqua Seaform Shame, Umberto Rispoli, 4-1; and Zee Drop, Ricardo Gonzalez, 8-1.



 Santa Anita will offer mandatory payouts in all exotic wagers closing day Sunday, including the popular 20-cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot.

First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday’s Jackpot will be comprised of races six through 11, with approximate post time for the sixth race 3 p.m. Pacific.

With a Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $86,130 already accumulated for today’s program, track officials project Sunday’s total Jackpot pool could approach $1 million.

Santa Anita’s races and its entire simulcast production is offered live and free of charge at santaanita.com. Fans are encouraged to tune in at 11:20 a.m. Sunday for its pre-race handicapping seminar, featuring track announcer Frank Miramahdi and host Tom Quigley as they discuss the entire 11-race card.



Family, friends and race trackers spanning three generations paid their final respects last Monday to Barry Abrams in a graveside service at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.

The popular former trainer passed away on Oct. 9 at 66 after a courageous 15-year battle with cancer, never showing a hint of self-pity.

Amid the emotion, Santa Anita horn blower Jay Cohen, in traditional fox hunt regalia, gave Abrams his final call to the post.

Huey Barnes, an 87-year-old African American who came to California to work as an exercise rider for Charlie Whittingham in the 1950s when racial discrimination was still a sty in America’s eye, with public restrooms and drinking fountains for “Colored Only,” delivered an impromptu and moving eulogy.

Barnes is still going strong today working at Santa Anita as an assistant starter.

Abrams was born of Jewish ancestry in Russia where his father, Lev, earned his living as a butcher, but a darker skin pigment and a disparate faith didn’t prevent Huey and Barry from becoming fast friends, each an ardent fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Their relationship was based on what matters most: character, values, loyalty, honesty, trust and respect, not skin color and religion.

In his final years when it was no longer safe for Barry to drive, Barnes picked him up at home and drove them to Laker games.

“When they were over Barry would always find some hole-in-the-wall spot to eat, one I never heard of, and I been out here for a long time,” Barnes said.

“Then next game he’d take me to another spot and I’d ask him, ‘Where do you keep finding these places?’ He loved horses, the Lakers and food, and it made him feel good when he could share them with me.

“I loved that man.”

Common interests and an absence of prejudice nurtured their uncharacteristic and unyielding bonding of more than four decades, this black man from Brooklyn and this white man from Russia.

Race was never an issue.

The word only came up when Barry had a horse running in one.



Santa Anita offers a comprehensive betting menu including the new $1 Golden Hour  Pick 4. The wager, which features a low 15% takeout popular with players, links the last two races from Santa Anita and the last two races from Golden Gate Fields each racing day.

It complements the popular $5 Golden Hour Double, which premiered earlier this year during Santa Anita’s winter-spring season.

While Santa Anita remains closed to the public due to Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 restrictions, fans can watch the live races streaming in HD free of charge on santaanita.com. There are several on-line wagering options available, including 1stBet.com, Santa Anita’s official wagering platform, which can be downloaded for free at the App Store. All of Santa Anita’s races also will be shown live on TVG.

The heart of Santa Anita’s player friendly program belongs to the early Pick 5, linking the first five races offered each day. At 14%, the popular wager features one of the lowest takeout rates in the country on a multi-race wager.  Bookending the card is a late Pick 5, featuring the last five races each day.

Santa Anita’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot consists of the final six races each day. The 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six has developed a following as it has the propensity to grow into a massive jackpot pool of millions of dollars, paid only to a single ticket with all six winners.

All bets, including the Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, have mandatory payouts on closing day this Sunday, Oct. 25.

Santa Anita’s betting menu is rounded out by numerous wagering opportunities that players have come to expect from The Great Race Place, including $2 Win, Place and Show wagering featuring the lowest takeout of any major racetrack in North America, plus $1 Exactas, $2 rolling Daily Doubles, 50 cent rolling Pick 3s, early and late 50 cent Pick 4s, early and late 50 cent Pick 5s, the $1 Super High 5 and 10 cent Superfectas on all races with a minimum of six runners.


FINISH LINES: FIRST POST TIME ON CLOSING DAY SUNDAY WILL BE 12:30 P.M. . . . With three days remaining, the race for leading jockey and trainer remains up for grabs. Flavien Prat has a 22-19 advantage over Juan Hernandez, although the latter has had the most mounts, 88-75. Peter Miller leads Bob Baffert among trainers, 10-9, while Baffert is in front of Miller in purse earnings, $830,010 to $794,420. Agent Derek Lawson has Prat set to ride in eight of nine races today, six of them on morning line favorites, the first two likely odds-on at post time for Miller and Baffert, while Hernandez has five mounts including a pickup on Hatshepsut in the second. On Saturday, Prat is scheduled to ride in nine of the 10 races, four of them morning line favorites, while Hernandez is named on eight horses.